25 May 2020 Potatoes more mulch

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Added a thick layer of mulch to the potatoes. It will be used for hilling as he potatoes grow. Also cleared the mulch above the seed to facilitate the stems growing.Watered the seed potato about a half a liter of rain water.

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23 May 2020 Finished mulching tomatoes.

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Finished mulching tomatoes (18) about ten wheelbarrows full of mulch.Good moisture retainer.

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22 May 2020 Planting potatoes

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Seed potatoes were planted 20 Yukon gold and 20 Superior. They are planted about a foot apart and the seed potato is marked with a fiber rod to facilitate digging, since the vegetation is gone come digging time.If watering is necessary place a hose over the rod and get the moisture at the growth area. I expect about four pounds from each plant with a bit of tender care.

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21 May 2020 Mulch in Garden

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Ten yards of mulch was delivered to my driveway. Over the next few days it will be spead in my garden Cost was tn dollars a yard and twenty dollars delivery charge.About seven wheelbarrows are a yard.I started with the tomato patch.

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21 May 2020 Tomato Support

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Eighteen tomato plants were tied by strings for overhead support.The support was put up a few days ago. The tomatoes were purchased and kept in my greenhouse awaiting the end of frosts. The tomato plants (18) are lemon boy 3,cherokee carbon 3,Beefsteak 3,San Merando 3,Glamor 3, Ultra 2, Candyland red 1. This was the selection being sold.Strings will be added as the season progresses as needed to support the fruit bearing branches.The area will be heavily mulched with wood chips partially composted.

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20 May 2020 Board Method Beets

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A 24 foot row of beet seeds were planted. Thy are under a board which tends to insure good germination. The seed are can watered twice daily until germination.

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16 May 2020 Board Method (Planting seeds)

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Carrot seeds are small and often difficult to germinate. My solution is to prepare a row of soil and sprinkle the seeds, then cover the row with a raised board.Th seeds are kept damp by water can poured on top of the board.Enough water seeps around to keep the seeds damp. Germination is assured. The board also prevents the seeds from hot Sun and drying out.Carrot seeds will not germinate if they get above 80F (27C).I use the method on other small seeds also to protect from birds when small.

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16 May 2020 Red Lentil Tempeh

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A half a liter of red hulled lentils from bulk barn were made into tempeh. These lentils are small and covered in white residue probably from the dehulling process, which need be washed off carefully to prevent the small seeds from coagulating and inhibiting the mycelium from permeating the material. Procedure is to wash several times,place in a pot of boiling water and when it starts to boil, time for 2 to 3 minutes for cooking.Stir gently while cooking to prevent coagulation.The seeds are small and cook very quickly and turn to mush if overcooked. After cooking drain well and cool to room temperature.
Add two tablespoons of white vinegar and mix. Add half a teaspoon of tempeh starter and mix very well.
Place in cotton covered mold and place in fermenter set at 31C for about 40 hours.The result is two large cakes of lentil tempeh. Annotated pictures depict the process.

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13 May 2020 Chickpea Tempeh

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A half liter of dried chickpeas were made into tempeh.Hulls on chickpeas are thick and must be removed so the mycelium can penetrate the peas. Hulls are removed by boiling the beans for 25 minutes then rubbing between the hands about 5 times and pouring off the hulls.
After hulls are removed the peas are cooked by boiling in water for about an hour. Chickpeas are hard and by boiling they are softened; also the water adds some necessary moisture.
After cooking, the beans are cooled and two tablespoons of vinegar is added and mixed.Then half a teaspoon of tempeh powdered starter is added and mixed well.The beans are then placed in cotton lined molds and placed in a fermenter set at about 31 C for about 36 hours.The result is perfect chickpea tempeh, Annotated pictures delineate the method.

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11 May 2020 Soy Tempeh

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Half liter of soy beans were made into tempeh.Method. Wash, boil for 25 minutes,rub together and rinse off husks about 5 times. Place in a colander and place in pressure cooker and steam cook for 45 minutes to soften.Remove and cool to room temperature, add two tablespoons of vinegar and mix, drain well, add half a teaspoon of tempeh powder starter, mix very well. Place in cotton covered mold and place in fermenter set at 31C for 40 hours. The result will be perfect tempeh. Wrap in plastic and store in freezer until required. I cut each mold into 9 pieces and use the resultant pieces as a serving.

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